I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes a space usable, probably because I’m hoping to have space of my very own soon and I want to include a crafting room. Right now, my craft “zone” is functional, but kind of lackluster. Tucked between the kitchen table and the living room, it does have everything I need. I have all my tools at hand and neatly organized, music (in the form of the laptop and speakers), tv, and the table for extra work space.
My favorite color is blue, in case you didn’t know, but I chose to do this area in green. Green combines cool and balanced blue with energetic yellow, so I think of it as creative color. But beyond color coordination and organization, it’s not very inspiring. I decorate my desktop at work with more care.
I stuck with green here too and included plenty of potted plants for life. Computer programming is actually a quite creative process, so I do my best to foster that by keeping inspiration close at hand, in the form of pictures and posters of the outdoors (I work at a Natural Heritage program).
So I’m thinking my new craft area should be more than just functional (and green). Perhaps a cork board for pinning up random yarn samples that I have stashed away, or clear/open storage for my colored rovings. Seeing and handling the fiber is usually what inspires me, so I’m hoping that by having it out, I’ll want to work on it more.
Any thoughts from the audience? What does your craft/work zone look like? Do you include things to inspire you? What things? If you had a million dollars (which I don’t, but it’s pretend time), what would your ideal craft space look like? Marble floors and Corinthian columns? Rustic wood panelling and a rocking chair? Quilts? Plants? Fine art?